Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scrap Love

Welcome to Finish it Friday, and another week of featuring a quilt that was started by a volunteer for Covered in Love.  Priscilla from Connecticut sent in these 20 scrappy "Star Cake" blocks and all I had to do was sew them together and quilt it!


I love how cozy and warm this quilt looks. There's just something special about scrap quilts.


I quilted it with an all-over stipple.  I've been putting some miles on my FMQ machine lately.


This beautiful backing fabric was one of the ones Amanda from Louisiana sent me.  It complimented the top perfectly.


Hope you have a great weekend! Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of Rory taking a catnap in her cat-cave.


Covered in Love makes quilts for people who pass away in the hospital.  The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to "...it's good to be young, but let's not kid ourselves, it's better to pass on through those years and come out the other side with our hearts still beating..."



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sew Some Love Linky

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


The humble HST is my favorite quilt block. So simple, yet it can be arranged in so many ways to make complex designs!  The top I've been working on is made from a fat quarter bundle of "Shine" by Red Rooster Fabric.  I am ashamed to admit, I can't figure out who sent me this bundle. (*hides face in hands*)  I remember getting it, I remember reading the letter and writing an email back, but my notes from that time period just say things like "fabric" or "box of goodies", not specific enough.  My notes HAVE gotten better since then. So, if you sent me these fabrics, THANK YOU, and please comment or email me so I can give you credit!


This was actually the first fat quarter bundle I've ever gotten to play with.  I've always considered them too expensive to buy.  It was fun and so easy to make a top from the coordinated fabrics, and I still have the panel and a few FQs left to make another top!

Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

From North Carolina to Texas, with Love

Johanna from North Carolina is one of Covered in Love's most dedicated volunteers. Over the past year or so she's sent in many blocks and tops.


Both of these tops were sent in by Johanna and quilted by a wonderful local volunteer quilter, Kathy. 


These are both great, scrappy tops.  The one with the rectangles was quilted with a stipple.


The other quilt looks to me like and orphan block quilt. What a great job to use up orphan blocks! Kathy made the wise decision to use stitch-in-the-ditch and outline quilting.


Both of these measure 60" square and are full of cute scrappiness!


Thank you ladies!


Covered in Love makes quilts for people who pass away in the hospital.  The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to...a throwback to my days on "the boats". 



That's me on the top left!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sew Some Love Linky

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


The first of the tops from the Grandad's Shirts block drive has come together.  The blocks looked a little busy right next to each other so I used a narrow sashing to offset them.  What do you think?  BTW, the current block drive is running HERE if you want to participate!


In non-CiL sewing I made 4 more of the "Best Baby Bibs in the World".  Some of you may remember months back when I made some baby stuff for a friend expecting twins?  The twins are growing into strapping little boys and messy eaters, so two of these are for them. Another will be for the little boy with the G-tube I mentioned a week or so ago (hey, he's not eating yet, but hopefully soon!) and the other will be in reserve.


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scraps Make My World Go 'Round

I've been working nights this week and let me tell you, having my sleep schedule upside down is weird!  I'm a night owl anyway, but this is a whole different level.  I've had the hardest time keeping track of what day it is.  On the bright side, there isn't much to do at night but sew.


I got two scrappy tops quilted that were given to me by a friend from the Tyler Modern Guild, Janis. Thanks Janis!  Some of my own scraps that had been given away in a guild scrap-pot-luck actually made their way back to me in the tumbler quilt.


Both of these are Bonnie Hunter patterns.  The little tumblers were her 2015 leader-ender challenge and the other one is called "Sister's Choice."


The tumbler quilt got a stipple, but for the other I got out of my comfort zone a bit and did some wobbly loops. You know me, living on the edge ;)


Hope you had a good week and found plenty of time to sew! 


The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to...Some thing a little more current than usual. Love Ed Sheeran.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sew Some Love Linky

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.




The Tyler Modern Guild did a brown bag scrap swap a while back for a project, as a result of which we all ended up with some of each other's scraps.  I was amused to see that some of my scraps made their way back to me in this scrappy tumbler top Janis gave me to finish! I don't doubt we might just have had some fabrics in common to start with, but there are too many of my fabrics in this top to be coincidental. It's nice to see them made into a nice quilt finally :)


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know! 

Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Misc. and a Cat in a Box

Happy weekend quilters!  There wasn't a finish this week but I have been busy.  In fact, I just put together fabrics for 9(!) quilt backings!  Some of those tops have gone to volunteer quilters and some are in my to-be-quilted stack.  Thanks again to those of you who have sent in backing fabrics. It makes such a difference to be able to make backings from larger yardage cuts!


Jannette from Canada sent in 4 beautiful tops and 3 large backing cuts.  Crazy Eyes (aka Rory) was more interested in the box, of course.  I also pieced a top last week from hand-dyed fabrics that Jean sent.  I did a braid pattern and ended up deciding to applique the edges onto the background fabric rather than cut them off.  I really like the zigzags that the raw edges make.


By the way, thanks to everybody who wished Rey a happy birthday.  I passed along your well wishes. She sure is a spoiled girl!


Linking to Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the Fourth Be With You

Happy Birthday to Rey!  Hard to believe the little princess is a year old already! Of course, she's a stray so I don't actually know her birthday, but since our best guess is "early May" I thought the fourth would be thematically appropriate.


Rey came into our family on June 21st last year.   I was on my way to work at 5:45am, going 70mph down the highway through a creek bottom when I thought I saw a kitten on the shoulder of the road.  I honestly thought my eyes were playing tricks, but I knew I'd think about it all day and wonder if I didn't make sure. So I circled back and drove slowly down the shoulder until my headlights lit up a kitten. Sure enough. 

First picture

I figured she would be injured if she wasn't dead, but she turned to look at me as I walked up. She was laying about a foot off the white line watching the traffic go by.  She surprised me by bolting across the street the first time I tried to pick her up.  The second time I grabbed her, and she immediately paid me back by biting the crap out of my hand.  She was howling, but no mama cat came out of the woods to claim her. 


I threw her in a big igloo cooler I had in the back of my car, wedged the lid up with an umbrella so she could breathe, and headed back home. On my way I called work and told them I'd be a bit late.


For the first week she pretty much slept all the time while the de-wormer, flea and tick killer, and lots of food did their job.  I spent two days combing a few hundred fleas out of her long hair. Ick.  We were beginning to think she was just a remarkably lazy cat, but after the first week she found her energy and hasn't lost it yet...

video

Rory has grudgingly accepted her presence.  Rey never lets her get much peace, so she has to sleep with one eye open.

...for the record, we don't actually eat on that table

People always ask if Rey is a Maine Coon because she has such beautiful, fluffy fur. Considering she's a side-of-the-road special she could be anything, but really I think she's too small to be a Maine Coon. Underneath all her floofs she's quite petite.


Happy first birthday to our gorgeous, purr-filled, sweet and sassy little girl.  I'm so glad you didn't get smooshed by a car!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sew Some Love Link-up

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


I got to try something new this weekend.  Friends of mine are fostering a baby who just got a PEG tube placed for feeding troubles.  These belly pads, based on a tutorial from Hopeful Threads, will protect baby's skin from chafing and from any leakage.  And keep him looking fashionable at the same time!


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Announcing CiL's New Block Drive!

Hello, stitchers!  Summer is coming and it's time for a new block drive for Covered in Love.  This one will run from May through the end of June, so if you want to join in with us, please do!


Something extra special is happening with this block drive: for the first time ever we have a guest host!  Cynthia from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework has graciously offered to not only longarm the quilts from this drive at-cost, but also to assemble the tops!  We're also going to be using a block design of hers, one she developed for her great "Scrap-a-Palooza" series.

Everyone needs to contact either me or Cynthia for her address to ship blocks! 
(Comment or email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com)



These scrappy string color blocks are super easy to assemble and can by put together in a variety of ways. I made a quilt with this tutorial from my own strings a while back.  We're going to stick to the same color scheme Cynthia used in her example quilt, blocks in red, orange, yellow, and purple.


You can find Cynthia's tutorial HERE.  Blocks will finish at 10.5" square.




Covered in Love gives comfort quilts to patients who pass away in the hospital, which the families then get to keep.  If you want to help out we'd love to have you sew along with the block drive!  Make as many or as few blocks as you want and send them in to Cynthia by the end of June.  Comment (make sure I can contact you) or email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com for the address to send blocks.


If you blog about working on these blocks, or any other charity sewing, you're invited to join the linky. Every Wednesday!



You can check out finished quilts from previous block drives here.

Linking to Oh Scrap!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Team Effort

The finishes I have to show this week really belong to other people. Covered in Love has always relied on the generosity of the quilting community, and these two quilts were definitely a team effort!


This oversize disappearing nine patch was a UFO given to me by Tricia. I assembled the blocks and a local quilter named Kathy free-motioned it.


I assume these fabrics probably came from a layer cake.  They're all sewing themed with pins, needle, scissors and other paraphernalia. Cute!


This fall colored top I've had for a while now, it came from Jo in North Carolina. It's backed with the nice print Gail from Oklahoma gave me and was also quilted by Kathy!  The backing's a little hard to read, but it has words like "friendship, home, memories".


Thanks to everyone who supports CiL! Both of these are in the donation stack now.  CiL gives quilts to patients who pass away in the hospital.  If you want to support our effort one great way to help is the bi-monthly block drives.  Come back tomorrow (Saturday) to see the new block drive announcement for May/June!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Listening to...yes, it's another musical! This week has been a theatrical marathon seeing all the spring shows opening around here (Sat- Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sun- Boys Next Door, Wed- Peter and the Starcatcher, Thurs- Shrek, Sat- Alton Brown, Sun- Hair) so it's what's in my head!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


Happy hump day! I hope you've all gotten more sewing done this week than I have. At least my do. Good Stitches blocks are done.  I've also been cutting into some hand-dyed fabrics that Jean from Connecticut sent me.  I'm thinking about a braid pattern for them...


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!